By Cathy Leer, PT, MBA
Spring looks like it is here to stay and it’s time to brush off the cobwebs and get back to your activities. Before you do that though, take a good hard look at what that brushing off uncovers and proceed with caution. Injuries aren’t picky when they choose who to attack, and even though you may be one of the lucky ones who “never gets hurt”, situations change and the unexpected can happen.
My particular approach to resuming or entering into new activities is to advise that you listen to your body. We were born with the capacity to feel pain for a reason. It is our body’s warning system. If we ignore that, then we are setting up a perfect opportunity for injuries to happen, or to worsen, depending upon your individual situation. If you feel pain, then you are overdoing it. Modify your activity so that you don’t feel pain during or AFTER completion of the activity. Inflammation is a delayed phenomenon, so you may not feel the effects until after you’ve completed the activity.
Start slowly. Increase gradually. If you have pain or difficulty, listen to your body and trust your instincts. If you must err, err on the side of caution. It will take longer to recover if you exceed the tolerances of your tissues, than it will to achieve your goal of safe re-entry into a sport or activity when you pace yourself accordingly. Think of a bell curve approach where your beginning is much slower. Once you are sure of your capabilities, and that of your body, you will get to that rapid rise in performance and soon outpace a program of training that threw caution to the wind and exposed you to injury. Learn to listen to your body. If you don’t like what you hear, give us a call at 603.644.8334 and ask to talk to therapist or schedule a FREE INJURY SCREENING. You can also reach out via Ask-A-PT at Askapt@familyptservices.com. FPTS the #1 PT located in Bedford NH